Last week I encountered two quotes that converged for me. The first said, “It is hard to steer a parked car.” A vehicle that is barely moving is easier to turn than one that is sitting still. When we attempt to obey what we hear God calling us to do, our lives become more open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Another friend wrote the following in her Facebook status:
“Do what you know you should do, and you will know what to do…God clarifies in the midst of obedience, not beforehand”… I’m already seeing what I’ve begged God to show me while sitting still… He really is in the MOVEMENT!
How often do we miss out on blessings because we will not lean into what we already know God calls us to do? Yes, He is sovereign and will accomplish his ultimate purposes. But there are good things along the way that are connected to our openness to receive.
In John 14 and 15 Jesus expresses numerous blessings that come to those who are moving, those who obey Jesus:
14:15-17 When we obey Jesus, He will pray and in answer to his prayer the Father will give the Spirit of Truth
14:23-24 Loving obedience to Jesus results in the Father and Jesus abiding with the obedient disciple
15:10-11 Loving obedience brings Jesus’ joy to completion in the disciple
15:12-15 Loving obedience reveals we are Jesus’ friends
15:16-17 We will bear much fruit—fruit that lasts!
If you are not experiencing these blessings, maybe you are like a parked car. If you continue to beg God for clarity, maybe you are ignoring an earlier answer he has already given. Start moving in the direction he called you and see if your life is not more easily steered!